WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today demanded that Rep. Ann Wagner's (MO-2) Born Alive Survivors Protection Act be brought to the floor for a vote. Rep. Bost, a cosponsor of the bill, asked for unanimous consent for the legislation to be considered. His request was immediately refused with no explanation provided by the majority. This is the 16th time House Democrats have blocked consideration of the Born Alive Survivors Protection Act.

“Infanticide should not be a partisan issue,” said Bost. “Regardless of political affiliation, every Member of Congress should be vocally opposed to the passive murder of innocent babies. Americans should be disturbed by fact that the debate about life has shifted from rights of the unborn to rights of the born. It’s crucial that every American knows where their representative stands on an issue of, quite literally, life and death.”

Background on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act:

  • Requires that health care practitioners who are present at the live birth exercise skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child—the same degree of care that would be offered to any other child born prematurely the same gestational age. After those efforts, the health care workers must transport and admit the child to a hospital.
  • Requires health care practitioners and hospital employees to report violations to law enforcement authorities, reducing the number of born-alive abortions that go unreported.
  • Penalizes the intentional killing of a born-alive child through fines or up to 5 years imprisonment.
  • Gives the mother of the abortion survivor a civil cause of action and protection from prosecution, recognizing that women are the second victims of abortion and promoting the dignity of motherhood.

Video of Rep. Bost's remarks can be found HERE